|Crash site||Alexandria Harbour, Egypt|
|Aircraft||Short S.8 Calcutta – G-AASJ – City of Khartoum|
|Route||Brindisi – Athens – Mirabella Bay – Alexandria|
|Crew||4 – 1 survivor|
|Passengers||9 – 0 survivors|
The flying boat left Brindisi early in the morning with seven passengers, called at Athens where two more passengers embarked, and went on to Mirabella to take on fuel for the remainder of the flight to Alexandria. The plane left Mirabella in the afternoon, and at 19:20 the wireless operator informed Alexandria that the City of Khartoum was preparing to alight. Nothing more was heard or seen of the flying boat until wreckage was found by the destroyer HMS Brilliant around midnight. It then became evident that the flying boat had crashed 2 km northwest of Alexandria Harbour. The only survivor was the captain who was picked up by HMS Brilliant after 5 hours in the water.
The reason for the crash was that the plane ran out of fuel. The fuel gauges were known to be inaccurate and the fuel jets in the carburetors were incorrectly set.
The wreck was salvaged by a large floating crane on 6 January 1936.
Most of the mail was recovered on 6th January 1936 – in total 71 mail bags with 390 kg of mail.
On board was mail destined for Egypt, many Asian countries and also Australia. Most of the mail could be forwarded, but in watersoaked condition.
A lot of different handstamps, explanation notes and labels have been recorded from this crash.
So far I have only seen 4 covers related to the Nordic countries.
Examples of mail